LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Junior southpaw Brian Bogusevic struck out 10 and the duo of Brad Emaus and Mark Hamilton combined for seven hits as the Tulane University baseball team defeated Conference USA foe Louisville, 7-1, in the series finale Saturday afternoon in game two of a split doubleheader at Cardinal Stadium.
Tulane held a 2-1 lead after five, but blew the game open with five runs in the sixth to account for the final score. Bogusevic (4-1), meanwhile, went eight innings in his seventh start of 2005, scattering four hits and pair of walks. With the win, the Green Wave improve to 21-5 overall and 4-2 in C-USA play. Louisville, meanwhile, falls to 14-7 on the year and 5-1 in league action.
Emaus posted a career-high four of the Green Wave's 13 hits, including a double to go along with a pair of stolen bases and an RBI, and Hamilton went 3-for-4 with home run and two RBI. Senior catcher Greg Dini also had a multiple-hit game, posting a pair of hits in four at-bats.
Tulane got things going in the top of the first as junior centerfielder Nathan Southard drew a leadoff walk before Emaus and senior shortstop Tommy Manzella posted back-to-back singles to load the bases. The rally would be thwarted when senior designated hitter Scott Madden hit into a double play, but Southard would score on the play to give the Green Wave a 1-0 lead.
Hamilton would double the advantage in the next frame with a towering home run to right, but Louisville would make it a 2-1 ballgame a couple of stanzas later when first baseman Jorge Castillo hit a one out triple and right fielder Greg Taylor drove him in with his second single of the day.
That would be the last hit Bogusevic would allow as the big lefty retired the next eight batters he faced – six by strikeout – and after allowing a baserunner on an error, retired the next six in a row to close out his night. Sophomore Daniel Latham came on in the ninth for Tulane and posted a pair of strikeouts to put the finishing touches on the Green Wave win.
The offense, meanwhile, would give Bogusevic some breathing room in the fifth when senior left fielder Matt Barket hit a leadoff double and Hamilton drove him in with an RBI single to left center. With two away in the stanza, Dini singled to put runners on the corners, and Southard drove the pair in with a double to the wall in left. Emaus brought Southard home with an RBI single of his own, and Madden put the finishing touches on the five-run frame with an RBI-single off the wall in right.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, March 30, when Tulane travels to Thibodaux, La., where it will take on Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. at Ray E. Didier Field. The game will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane baseball, WRBH 88.3 FM.
Bogusevic Pitches Tulane Past Cardinals, 7-1
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